W1S2 [əˈləun US əˈloun] adj, adv [not before noun]
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: all one 'wholly one']
1.) if you are alone in a place, there is no one with you
= ↑by yourself
She lives alone .
You shouldn't leave a child alone in the house.
My wife and I like to spend time alone together away from the kids.
2.) without any friends or people you know
It was scary being all alone in a strange city.
She was all alone in the world (=she had no family or friends to help her or look after her) .
3.) feeling unhappy and lonely
I cried like a child because I felt so alone .
4.) without any help from other people
He was left to raise their two children alone.
5.) without including anything else
The case will cost thousands of pounds in legal fees alone.
6.) you/he etc alone
used to emphasize that there is only one person who knows, can do something etc
Julie alone knew the truth.
7.) go it alone
to start working or living on your own, especially after working or living with other people
After years of working for a big company I decided to go it alone.
8.) leave sb alone
let sb alone old-fashioned
to stop annoying or interrupting someone
'Leave me alone!' she screamed.
9.) leave sth alone also let sth alone old-fashioned
to stop touching an object or changing something
Leave those cakes alone. They're for the guests.
leave well (enough) alone
(=not change something that is satisfactory)
In economic matters, they should leave well alone.
10.) be yours/hers/his etc alone
used to emphasize that something belongs to someone
The responsibility is yours and yours alone.
11.) not be alone in (doing) sth
to not be the only person to do something
You're not alone in feeling upset, believe me.
12.) stand alone
a) to be strong and independent
the courage to stand alone
b) to be at a distance from other objects or buildings
The house stood alone at the end of the road.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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